Firm Profile > Hogan Lovells International LLP > Dusseldorf, Germany

Hogan Lovells International LLP
KENNEDYDAMM 24
40476 DÜSSELDORF
Germany

Compliance Tier 1

The team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is well versed in advising companies in the automotive, life sciences, healthcare and TMT sectors and offers various legal tech tools. Led by the experienced Sebastian Lach, the team develops, implements and modifies global compliance management systems and also conducts training sessions. Désirée Maier is experienced in providing preventive advice on white-collar crime, while Christian Ritz, who made partner in January 2020, specialises in antitrust law. Counsel Dorina Bruns is recognised for her expertise in criminal liability matters. In September 2020, the was strengthened with the arrival of compliance specialist Olaf Schneider, who was previously general counsel and chief compliance officer at Bilfinger.

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Testimonials

The German compliance and investigation team at Hogan Lovells is clearly one of the leading teams in the German market and is well known internationally for its expertise and remarkable track record in the field .

Christian Ritz can act very well in antitrust law as well as in compliance and investigative practices. He is very diligent in his work and very responsive to his customers. He also has the ability to act calmly and confidently in high stress situations and he is valued for his loyalty and diligence . ‘

Industry focus > Healthcare and life sciences Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP is noted for its focus on novel therapies, providing advice on regulatory, product liability and intellectual property matters, while the team is also one of the most active transactional practices in the market, most notably in cross-border constellations. The firm's broad geographical presence also enables the team to seamlessly handle cross-border regulatory mandates, such as those pertaining to the market launch of digital health services as well as associated therapies and patient support programmes. In the digital health space, clients benefit from the cross-practice cooperation with colleagues from, among others, the IT, data protection and public law teams. Handling compliance matters as well as issues pertaining to pharmaceutical advertising constitute other key elements of the practice jointly led by Jörg Schickert (pharmaceutical and medical device law), Tanja Eisenblätter (litigation, pharmaceutical advertising law), Andreas von Falck (patent law), Lutz Angerer (corporate) and Ina Brock (product liability). Arne Thiermann, who advises on licensing and development transactions for medicinal products and medical devices as well as on supply, manufacturing and distribution agreements, is another key figure.

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Testimonials

' Very great engagement in contract negotiations. '

' Jörg Schickert: Broad and deep specialist knowledge, very extensive knowledge of the industry. '

' The team is very professional, thorough, patient and calm. You are very knowledgeable about the law, but you also have colleagues on your team who are very knowledgeable about biotechnology and chemistry. They are also proactive and very pleasant to work with. '

'' Expertise in an international context. Experience with complex regulatory processes and the ability to bring together experts from different directions. '

' Ina Brock: Professionally, familiar with international compensation systems, the team competently steers towards goals. '

' Arne Thiermann: Reliable, high level of expertise in the regulatory environment, high level of responsiveness. '

' We work with Arne Thiermann because of the excellent work, the pragmatic approach, the high level of specialist knowledge and the trust that has grown over many years .'

' Arne Thiermann has a very good feeling for what is important in business and what is not. At the beginning of a larger contract, priorities and focal points are discussed and determined on which to optimize. Result: you get the essential points, the unimportant ones get the other side and the costs are reasonable. THAT is value-based legal consulting! '

' I can only recommend Arne Thiermann absolutely! '

Key clients

Amgen (Europe) GmbH

Bluebird Bio Inc.

Celgene GmbH

Compass Pathways Ltd

Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH

MediGene AG

Merck & Co. Inc.

MorphoSys AG

Merz

Vifor (International) AG

Compliance > Internal investigations Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP regularly handles internal investigations and specialises in assisting national and international companies from the automotive, life sciences, healthcare, technology, media and telecommunication sectors. As well as handling traditional investigative mandates, the team also demonstrates expertise in dealing with environmental, harassment and product compliance allegations. This corresponds to the work frequently handled by practice head Sebastian Lach, which includes not only compliance matters and internal investigations but also mandates pertaining to product safety and product liability. Désirée Maier is a key contact for white-collar crime matters, while Christian Ritz, who made partner at the beginning of 2020, covers matters at the antitrust law interface. In September 2020, the team was strengthened with the arrival of compliance specialist Olaf Schneider, who previously served as general counsel and chief compliance officer at Bilfinger.

Intellectual property > Patent litigation Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP continues to be a market leader for extensive, often international, patent infringement proceedings. The practice is particularly visible in life sciences matters, but also assists with pioneering proceedings in the technology, telecommunications, automotive and consumer goods sectors. Mobile communications, chip technology and mechanics specialist Oliver Bäcker and patent lawyer Felipe Zilly, whose special areas of expertise include life sciences as well as mechanics- and telecoms-related issues, made counsel in January 2020. The trio on top of the IPMT group is composed of soft IP expert Burkhart Goebel in Hamburg as global head; life sciences and pharma specialist Miriam Gundt in Düsseldorf as head of the European IPMT practice; and equally Hamburg-based soft IP specialist Andreas Bothe. The renowned Andreas von Falck in Düsseldorf and the Munich-based Steffen Steininger (both extensively active in IP and patent law) and patent litigator Benjamin Schröer are part of the core group. Counsel Anna-Katharina Friese  in Hamburg is very experienced in coordinating international infringement proceedings.

Testimonials

' Hogan Lovell's IP team offers expertise at a fair price. The group answers my questions comprehensively, gives solid advice and is very responsive. '

' Benjamin Schröer is a rising star. He is very attentive and circumspect and is very good at filling his cases, only using the older partners when necessary and bringing in his associates very effectively. '

' They offer quick and accurate answers tailored to the problem at hand, without becoming abstract or uselessly generalizing. '

' Andreas von Falck has proven his outstanding ability to lead and coordinate a team of young and experienced lawyers in order to meet the client's wishes quickly and precisely. He always answers faster than expected and always gets straight to the point with his answers. '

' One of the strongest teams in Germany with talent at all levels. '

' Miriam Gundt is an experienced litigator who gives excellent advice and has a very good presence in court. '

' Andreas von Falck is one of the best patent lawyers in Germany, with impressive knowledge, creativity and great speaking talent. '

' Stephan Neuhaus is a promising young consultant. '

' Strong in technical understanding, strategically versed, readily available. '

'In addition to excellent professional advice in Germany, Hogan Lovells also offers the strengths of a major international law firm. Hogan Lovells can make full use of the excellent quality in many countries, especially in multinational litigation. '

' Martin Fähndrich has industry-renowned expertise in the field of SEP and FRAND. '

Key clients

Bruker und Luxendo

Dainese

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG und Genentech Inc.

Ford

Friedr. Ischebeck GmbH

Google

ICOS Corp.

JOLED

LGE und LG Display

Molex

SolarEdge

Sony

Peiker acustic GmbH

Dispute resolution > Product liability Tier 1

Hogan Lovells International LLP's highly-regarded practice covers the whole range of product liability advice. The team regularly handles both individual proceedings and class action lawsuits regarding product safety issues, and also represents clients in delivery chain disputes as well as advising on risk management and compliance. The team's key figures focus on various industries: Ina Brock is an experienced adviser in cases concerning life sciences, whereas Sebastian Polly is an expert in the automotive sector. Matthias Schweiger has expertise in international liability proceedings, and counsel Tobias Ackermann is praised for his broad experience. Tanja Eisenblätter and Karl Pörnbacher head the firm's dispute resolution practice.

Intellectual property > Trade marks Tier 1

Due to its extraordinary team size, Hogan Lovells International LLP is able to offer one-stop advice on complex and extensive matters. The team's particular strengths include cross-border disputes and the assistance with large international trade mark and design portfolios; here, the firm's international set-up can be beneficially utilised and especially the firm's Alicante office generates a clear market advantage for the prosecution practice. Since 2020, the firm has been offering a modern analytical system with the globally uniform trade mark management software Anaqua, which complements other legal tech tools (including Total Brand Care as a research, monitoring and dispute management tool). Sector focuses in the life sciences, automotive, telecoms and consumer goods industries enable tailored solutions that take into account the commercial framework conditions of its clients. IP advice on transactions is another part of the service spectrum. The practice is led by Burkhart Goebel as head of the global IPMT group in Hamburg, Miriam Gundt in Düsseldorf as European practice head and the Hamburg-based Andreas Bothe as the head of the IPMT group in Germany. Patrick Fromlowitz in Hamburg, whose core expertise is advice to companies from the pharmaceutical, construction, fashion and oil industries, and Marion Fischer in Munich, who specialises in the life sciences and automotive sectors among others, both made partner in January 2020. Counsel Mareike Hunfeld is particularly known as a colour mark expert.

Testimonials

' Expertise, practical advice, good people.'

' Yvonne Draheim, Andreas Bothe and Patrick Fromlowitz are outstanding. '

' The team is very professional, thorough, patient and has a steady hand. They are very knowledgeable, not only in trademark law, but also in economic considerations. They provide excellent legal and strategic advice. They are also very proactive and pleasant to deal with. '

'' High level of professionalism and expertise. We mandate the team for more demanding cases with more serious injuries and legally higher complexity. The law firm leaves no stone unturned to find solutions to our problems. '

' Hogan Lovells is more expensive than other German law firms we hire. However, the quality is very high and therefore higher costs are understandable. '

' Yvonne Draheim is very experienced and offers very valuable advice. '

' Burkhart Goebel: Very good customer orientation, very pragmatic, quick response time and perfect communication, building a long-term and stable client relationship.'

'Mareike Hunfeld: Very good customer orientation, very pragmatic, quick response time and perfect communication. '

Key clients

Allison GmbH

BayWa

Boardriders Group

Canyon Bicycles GmH

CeramTec GmbH

Deutsche Industrieanlagen GmbH

Esteve

Harry-Brot GmbH

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

Home Shopping Europe GmbH

Marimekko Oyj

Machineseeker Group GmbH

Merck & Co. Inc.

Moomin Characters Oy Ltd.

ProSiebenSat.1 Media

Puraglobe

Santander

Vorwerk & Co. KG

Wikimedia Foundation, US

Trade and distribution > Trade, distribution and logistics Tier 1

As one of the long-standing top firms in the market, Hogan Lovells International LLP continues to be at the forefront of distribution law with a diverse line-up as well as an illustrious client portfolio. As well as handling the full remit of commercial sector issues, the practice is experienced in innovative online distribution projects and adapted its offering with a Covid-19 global guide to include supply chain requirements in a pandemic situation. Practice head Patrick Ayad regularly demonstrates his extensive know-how in international contract drafting as well as in the automotive sector. Thomas Salomon is a key figure in the Hamburg office, who focuses on the consumer goods sector together with Christiane Alpers, who was appointed counsel in January 2020. Pharmaceutical, medical devices and biotech sector players rely on the experience of Jörg Schickert, who also deals with contract law and compliance-relevant issues. Florian Unseld is responsible for matters at the intersection of international contract law and IP and IT, while counsel Sebastian Schnell advises on the restructuring of distribution systems and contract projects. In Berlin, the team has been particularly active supporting new mobility and technology sector players, while its practice-wide sector expertise also includes energy, chemicals, foodstuff and manufactured goods.

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'It's a pleasant, uncomplicated and very direct and trusting collaboration. The team is very competent and is characterized by a good team composition, which stands out for its extremely fast processes. '

'Competence and speed paired with an overarching thinking ability characterize Florian Unseld. He leads and orchestrates the specialists in a very professional manner. '

'The law firm is very professional, well-structured and has a diverse set-up and thus enables all-round excellent support for legally complex matters.'

'Florian Unseld from the Munich office deserves special mention. He is characterized by very careful, reliable and highly professional advice. Even complex processes are processed extremely quickly. '

'Florian Unseld is an experienced full professional with absolutely practical solutions.'

'Patrick Ayad is an invaluable advisor to us. Not only does he interpret the legal risks, he also finds proactive ways to develop projects. '

'The team responsible for us feels responsible for us at all times. You can tell that we are trying to achieve the best possible result, taking into account the environment we have set (timeline, objective priorities). '

'Patrick Ayad and Florian Unseld are always available for us.'

'Excellent knowledge of the company and the industry. An adapted use for all inquiries. A great feeling for the customer's expectations, but always very competent and legally factual. '

'Florian Unseld understands our company and the industry very well. Compared to other law firms, we get targeted advice with a lot of valuable recommendations. '

'Very good customer orientation, very pragmatic, quick response times and perfect communication, building long-term and stable client relationships.'

Key clients

British American Tobacco

Daimler

Dell

Fertin Pharma

FLSmidth

Ford of Europe

Fox Factory

ESTEVE

Groupon

Hyundai Motor Europe

Lego

Lockheed Martin

Moët Hennessy

Luerssen

Merz

MorphoSys

Nanobiotix

Orexigen Therapeutics

OWM

Schwartauer Werke

Senvion

Texas Instruments

Vifor

Wacker

Waymo

Woodward, Inc.

ZF

Intellectual property > Unfair competition Tier 1

Thanks to its international orientation, Hogan Lovells International LLP remains an excellent choice for cross-border matters. The team's broad advice offering enables comprehensive assistance not only with competition and trade secrets law, but also with trade mark, design and copyright matters. In the market, the practice particularly stands out for its clearly innovation-oriented advice and has experience in assisting with influencer marketing and digital technologies among other topics. Burkhart Goebel in Hamburg heads the global IPMT practice of the firm. Miriam Gundt in Düsseldorf leads the European IPMT practice, while the Hamburg-based Andreas Bothe is responsible for the German IPMT practice. In January 2020, Marion Fischer (competition, trade secrets and trade mark law, particularly in relation to transactions and contracts) in Munich and Patrick Fromlowitz (trade mark, copyright and design law, focus on disputes) in Hamburg made counsel.

Key clients

Allison GmbH

BayWa

Boardriders Group

Canyon Bicycles GmH

CeramTec GmbH

Deutsche Industrieanlagen GmbH

Esteve

Harry-Brot GmbH

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

Home Shopping Europe GmbH

Marimekko Oyj

Machineseeker Group GmbH

Merck & Co. Inc.

Moomin Characters Oy Ltd.

ProSiebenSat.1 Media

Puraglobe

Santander

Vorwerk & Co. KG

Wikimedia Foundation, US

Insurance > Advice to insurers Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's insurance practice has a particular focus on cross-border M&A-transactions and restructurings, where Christoph Küppers and his team cooperate closely with the firm's international offices. Other expertise lies in bancassurance distribution cooperation agreements, insurance product advice and regulations on company pensions. Practice head Küppers assists well-known clients with regulatory matters and is also active in the reinsurance market. Carve-Outs, mergers as well as the transfer of insurance and credit portfolios are the areas of focus for Christoph Louven, who also has expertise in corporate governance and corporate compliance. Birgit Reese has established herself in transactional and advisory services, and restructuring advice for primary insurer and reinsurer companies.

Dispute resolution > Arbitration (including international arbitration) Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP impresses with an arbitration practice strong in numbers and has particular expertise in the automotive, consumer goods, energy, plant construction and life sciences sectors. Karl Pörnbacher has deep knowledge of ad hoc proceedings and those regarding a variety of regulations; he acts as both party representative as well as arbitrator. Inken Knief has good expertise in delivery chain disputes.

Public sector > Commercial administrative law Tier 2

Various clients, ranging from ministries and authorities on federal and state level to municipalities, associations and corporations, instruct Hogan Lovells International LLP's commercial administrative law team. Matters regularly pertain to the preparation of administrative and constitutional expert opinions. Additionally, the team is increasingly sought-after for regulatory advice on transactions. The practice has a further strength in gambling law where senior associate Carsten Bringmann is a key contact. Here, the team occasionally advises high-profile clients on matters pertaining to lottery, gambling halls, sport betting and online gaming. The team further assists with export control law, municipal commercial law and law concerning foreigners. The practice is very well connected with its US and Brussels offices and is able to promote this connection also due to Thomas Dünchheim, who heads the continental-European global regulatory practice.

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ADMIRAL ENTERTAINMENT GmbH (ehemalsExtra Games Entertainment GmbH)

Admiral Play GmbH

Admiral Sportwetten GmbH

Casino Royal GmbH

German Tote Service- und BeteiligungsGmbH/Wettstar GmbH

Kassenzahnärztliche Bundesvereinigung NeinLotterie-Treuhandgesellschaft mbH Thüringen

Löwen Entertainment GmbH

Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG

Ministerium für Umwelt, Landwirtschaft, Natur und Verbraucherschutz des Landes Nordrhein Westfalen

NRW.BANK

Postcode Lotterie DT gGmbH

smartlab Innovationsgesellschaft mbH

Stadtwerke Duisburg AG

Stadtwerke Velbert GmbH

Stadt Köln

STAWAG Stadtwerke Aachen AG

STEAG GmbH

Westdeutsche Spielbanken GmbH & Co. KG

Wildauer Immobiliengesellschaft

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a pronounced focus on the automotive, life sciences, plant engineering, energy and consumer goods sectors. The team is experienced in mass and single proceedings as well as class actions with regard to antitrust, corporate, insolvency as well as trade law and cooperates closely with the firm's adjacent practice groups in contentious situations. Practice head Tanja Eisenblätter who has 'a very good eye for the essential problems of a legal dispute and proceeds very solution-oriented', delivery chain specialist Detlef Haß, well-versed corporate expert Olaf Gärtner and Kim Lars Mehrbrey are all key figures of the established practice. Among other internal promotions at the beginning of 2020, especially noteworthy are Christian Ritz' promotion to partner as well as Michael Penners' promotion to counsel.

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Detlef Haß is a very experienced lawyer; calm, serene and persistent; always pragmatic; is also accepted and appreciated by the contact persons in the departments.

The law firm stands for outstanding quality. In addition to the legal expertise that is undoubtedly available in this law firm, emotional balance and character suitability for practicing the profession of lawyer should not be underestimated.

Tanja Eisenblätter is a particularly hard-working lawyer who has a crystal clear eye for the essential problems of a legal dispute and who is very solution-oriented. You don’t waste time with it. Your assessments of the development of the dispute are always correct. She is a winner and a creative thinker.

You are open to good exchange and very solution-oriented. Different experts who are drawn on in a well-coordinated manner on various issues.

Broad expertise with depth.

Michael Penners is competent, and very clear and structured in fact clarification and research. He brings arguments and briefs to the point.

Key clients

Confiserie Rabbel GmbH

Daiichi Sankyo Europe GmbH

Danube Private University

Honeywell International Inc.

NDT Global GmbH & Co.KG

NRW.BANK

Corporate and M&A > Corporate Tier 2

The corporate team at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises DAX30 companies, large corporations and executive bodies on all aspects of corporate law, including corporate governance matters, joint ventures as well as corporate and post-M&A disputes. The team has a strong industry focus on healthcare, life sciences and automotive and also has extensive experience pertaining to the financial markets and financial market stability. In Munich, Lutz Angerer heads the practice group, which is frequently active in cross-border mandates; at the same office are also Volker Geyrhalter, who leads the continental European practice group  for corporate and M&A, and Michael Rose, who is 'outstanding in legal terms'.

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The corporate law team in Munich around Michael Rose and Lutz Angerer has been convincing for years with its technically unique and yet very pragmatic legal advice.

Michael Rose is outstanding in legal terms and is certainly one of the top 5 German corporate lawyers. He works very conscientiously and reliably and at all times.

There are enough specialists for different special topics. Fast response times and perfect service – excellent and practical solutions.

Outstanding expertise and extensive experience in M&A, corporate and transformation law paired with very practical and appropriate advice. The law firm also has very good legal project management, which also provides excellent support for very complex projects.

The team combines top M&A expertise with deep sector knowledge in the banking and insurance sector. Advice is provided quickly, comprehensively and without any unnecessary frills, always to the point.

The cooperation is always excellent and pleasant, even in stressful situations.

Absolutely outstanding corporate team, works very precisely.

Always offers tailor-made solutions.

Very strong in corporate litigation.

Always delivers the highest quality.

Perfect accessibility and first-class response behaviour.

Dr. Michael Rose in the area of shareholder disputes / litigation due to his first-class expertise in corporate law. There are very few consultants in the market who, in addition to the classic M&A business, have outstanding expertise in corporate and capital market law.

The team, especially around Dr. Michael Rose is very familiar with corporate law, especially stock corporation law, and works very effectively and quickly with top performance. There was not a question that was not answered quickly, concisely or completely.

I know Dr. Rose has been around for about 10 years and don’t know anyone who knows stock corporation law as well as he does, a walking commentary. Nevertheless, his answers to difficult questions are very easy to read and to the point, even for non-legal clients.

Key clients

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH (Deutsche Finanzagentur)

Covestro AG

Daimler Group

Dialog Semiconductor

drom fragrances GmbH & Co. KG

Endemol Shine Group Germany

ESTEVE

Ford Motor Company

Harry-Brot

Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH

Sasol-Gruppe

TSR Recycling GmbH & Co.KG

Vienna House Hotelmanagement GmbH

Vifor Pharma

Industry focus > Energy Tier 2

With the arrival of Stefan Schröder, counsel at DLA Piper until the end of 2019, Hogan Lovells International LLP was able to add regulatory and energy trading capabilities to its practice, most notably in the gas and renewable energy sectors. With a corporate focus, the team led by Matthias Hirschmann has experience in the oil and gas sectors but also receives regular onshore and offshore wind sector instructions. In other work, the team has been increasingly active in the hydrogen energy sector, not least due to the firm's initiative for the cross-border exchange of expertise within its global network founded at the beginning of 2020. Counsel Tobias Flasbarth advises on projects and is experienced in proceedings before the Federal Network Agency.

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' Very experienced and capable team, very knowledgeable. '

' Excellent service and expertise in wind energy. Particularly good expertise in the offshore wind sector. '

'' Comprehensive industry knowledge and valuable experience, including in non-everyday matters. '

' High commitment in an open and friendly atmosphere. Very quick answers to our questions and responses to our needs. '

' I would unreservedly recommend Matthias Hirschmann to my network. '

' Stefan Schröder: Expertise quickly and easily brought to the point. '

Key clients

Diamond Transmission Corp. Ltd.

Equinor ASA

GRTgaz Deutschland GmbH

Hamburg Commercial Bank

NetConnect Germany GmbH & Co. KG

Open Grid Europe GmbH

SolarEdge

Sojitz

Statkraft AS

Svevind AB

Trianel GmbH

Capital markets > Equity capital markets Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises its client base consisting of national and international companies and investment banks on IPOs and capital increases and has particular expertise in script divided transactions and equity-linked products. Its close links to the venture capital group in Munich enables the team to advise on private placements, which frequently take place in the run-up to potential IPOs. Practice head Michael Schlitt covers a wide range of capital market law and corporate finance. In September 2019, his team lost ECM expert Susanne Lenz, who is qualified in Germany and New York, to Pinsent Masons Germany LLP.

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ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Berenberg

BNP PARIBAS S.A

Commerzbank AG

CONSUS Real Estate

Deutsche Wohnen SE

Deutsche Bank

DIC Asset AG

Finanzagentur GmbH

Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH

Jefferies

J.P. Morgan Securities plc

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Shop Apotheke Europe N.V.

Salzgitter

Banking and finance > Financial services: regulatory Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's regulatory offering is a reflection of the interplay between its offices and practice groups, forming the basis of the firm's work on bank and financial institution restructurings as well as on financial market stabilisation measures, corporate governance and compliance projects. Similarly, Brexit-related issues are dealt with in cooperation with various other teams and offices within the firm’s network and include corporate restructuring projects, the restructuring of platforms for the issuance of financial instruments and banking licence applications in Germany. In this context, clients benefit from the firm's expertise in securities supervision law, which is regularly called upon in mandates pertaining to MiFID II/MiFIR, PRIIPs and the Benchmark Regulation. In litigation, the practice has recently been increasingly active in matters concerning the bank levy. Practice head Richard Reimer provides wide-ranging advice to domestic and foreign banks and companies on institutional and product-specific banking supervisory law and is also experienced in the fintech sector.

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Bayerische Landesbank

Daimler Gruppe

Deutscher Derivate Verband

First Data

Finanzagentur GmbH

Norddeutsche Landesbank

NRW.BANK

Opel Vauxhall Finance Group

UniCredit Bank

Banking and finance > Fintech Tier 2

With a focus on payments law, Hogan Lovells International LLP assists clients such as financial institutions and investors, technology companies and fintech start-ups with various regulatory and compliance issues as well as with licence procedures before the BaFin and Deutsche Bundesbank. Other regular work includes the assistance with investments in and cooperation agreements with start-ups. This approach is based on a close cooperation of various practice groups such as IP, data protection, VC and M&A as well as with various other offices within and outside Germany. Practice head Richard Reimer covers the full range of institutional and product-specific banking supervisory law.

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Key clients

B2Mobility GmbH

Cflox GmbH

First Data / Fiserv

MoneyGram International

Santander InnoVentures

VR Payments

Finanzierungsagentur für Social Entrepreneurship GmbH

avesco Financial Services AG

auxmoney GmbH

Mobile Business Engine GmbH

Authada GmbH

Cash Payment Solution GmbH

Cluno GmbH

Bundesverband der Zahlungs- und E-Geld-Institute e.V., BVZI

Concardis / Nets

Zimmermann Investment GmbH & Co. KG

Information technology > Information technology and digitalisation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's firm-wide IP, media and technology practice is strongly sustained by the German teams in Hamburg and Düsseldorf. In the technology arena, the German group focuses on cloud solutions, the design of digital applications, AI as well as digital transformation. This broad advice offering attracts well-known, international corporations, particularly from the automotive, life sciences and financial services sectors. Among other ways, clients are also supported via Engage, a digital knowledge platform, as well as with various legal tech tools. Marcus Schreibauer takes on litigious matters and advice on technology project contracts; Sarah-Lena Kreutzmann made counsel in January 2020.

Key clients

ABB Group

ANIMUS

Brainloop

Enviro Chemie

ExB Labs

Ford

IKB Deutsche Industriebank

Nagravision

Real estate and construction > Project development Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP demonstrates its project development expertise in extensive, often international plant engineering projects in the energy, utilities, disposal, infrastructure and transport sectors. Hereby, the infrastructure, energy, resources and projects practice group assists both industrial corporations as well as project development companies with all legal and contractural issues pertaining to planning, financing, project development and project-related M&A as well as potential disputes and claim management. Tobias Faber's focus rests on advising German and international clients on energy and infrastructure projects abroad.

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Silenos Energy Geothermie Garching a.d. Alz GmbH & Co. KG

Banking and finance > Project finance Tier 2

Since mid-2019, Carla Luh has been heading the project finance team at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which - like Luh - specialises in the energy and infrastructure sectors; during the research period, the practice has been particularly active in the onshore and offshore wind space. Typically, the team handles such instructions for banks but it also advises sponsors, investors and corporates on large-scale national and international project finance alongside acquisition finance, which is handled in close cooperation with its colleagues from the energy and M&A practices. Its strength handling matters at the intersection with M&A was further underlined with Alexander Stefan Rieger's promotion to partner in January 2020.

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Testimonials

' The team led by Carla Luh is distinguished in many ways. In addition to her detailed knowledge of the transaction, Carla also brings her enthusiasm to the table. If for any reason the negotiations reach a way out, Carla leads the banking syndicate with very creative solutions. '

' Carla Luh has unique leadership skills. In addition to her deep knowledge of the transaction, she also makes a very constructive contribution. '

' Carla Luh leads an outstanding team that includes Amy Bruland and Marco Weibrecht, who are both exceptional. '

' Carla Luh differs from partners in other law firms in a positive sense. Great knowledge of the transactions and incredible drive. '

Key clients

WTE Wassertechnik und International Financial Advisors Holding K.P.S.C (IFA)

Hamburg Commercial Bank

Silenos Energy Geothermie Garching a.d. Alz GmbH & Co. KG

DZ Bank

Real estate and construction > Real estate Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP's real estate practice assists with a multitude of real estate transactions across all relevant asset categories, but also advises its client base of national and international investors and project developers on financings and asset management, including leasing matters. While the team is traditionally 'strong, if not leading in hotel agreements', in 2020, the practice was particularly active in assisting with high-volume transactions in its other core categories commercial and logistics real estate; additionally, instructions relating to care facilities increased as well. Practice head Roland Bomhard 'is of real advantage in every negotiation round due to his calm, precise and convincing manners', while Dirk Debald predominantly supports institutional investors, funds as well as private family offices with 'extremely good solutions, particularly in complex matters'. Recently promoted partner Sabrina Handke focuses on comprehensive advice on hotel properties and Marc Werner is another sought-after expert in this asset category.

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' Very good teamwork. Absolute commitment to the respective transaction. '

' Dirk Debald and Lara-Anita Luxenhofer are both extremely professional and service-oriented. '

' Dirk Debald is always in every detail and has extremely good solutions – especially when it comes to complex issues. '

'' Excellent specialist knowledge, first-class client service. '

'' Outstanding technical and legal knowledge as well as transaction experience. The team finds the perfect balance between coordinating with the client and actively managing a transaction. Problem and risk analyzes are always combined with a concrete recommendation for action to avoid, minimize or otherwise deal with the identified points. '

'' Roland Bomhard – Outstanding and extensive specialist and legal knowledge as well as transaction experience. Fast, to the point and solution-oriented. Due to his calm, precise and convincing nature, a real advantage in every negotiation round. '

' Elisabeth Pünder – technically top, quick comprehension, solution-oriented and highly committed. '

' Open and direct manner; large capacities; quick reactions; very homogeneous team with consistently likeable characters. '

' Dr. Roland Bomhard – very experienced and focused on the essentials; assertive. '

' Strong, if not a leader, in hotel contracts. Knows the international hotel industry and the corresponding contracts very well. Knows all important franchise agreements in Germany. Has played a key role in developing hotel contracts. '

' Marc Werner: especially when developing the contracts. Sabrina Handke: excellent support with hotel contracts. Very committed. Very short response times. Clear support in negotiations. '

' The hotel team has extensive market knowledge and insights into current hotel contracts. They know the usual regulations and their marketability from the FF and know the possible stumbling blocks. Feedback on questions is always prompt, extremely precise, understandable and easy to implement. The collaboration with Hogan Lovells is extremely valuable and beneficial for us. '

' All contacts are extremely practical and understand how to present the situation in such a way that non-lawyers can deal with it. All of the people who look after us are very good at negotiating and experienced. In addition, always readily available, feedback always comes promptly, even if the inquiries arrive at short notice and processing has to be done late in the evening or on weekends. This applies to everyone with whom we at Hogan Lovells have contact and work. '

Key clients

AEW

alstria office REIT-AG

Art-Invest

BPD Immobilienentwicklung GmbH

cds Wohnbau Hamburg/Otto Wulff Projektentwicklung

Cresco Gruppe

DC Values

Groß & Partner

HAHN-Immobilien-Beteiligungs AG

HANSAINVEST Real Assets GmbH

Hillwood

Outokumpu

PATRIZIA

Prologis

Quilvest

Redevco

Union Investment

Versicherungskammer

Vienna House

Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate

Württembergische Lebensversicherung

Capital markets > Structured finance and securitisation Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP is best known for securitisation transactions in the automotive industry and also has notable expertise in securitised derivatives, trade receivables transactions and ABCP conduit deals. This type of work is predominantly handled for banks but the team also deals with mandates from medium-sized companies. National and international banks also receive ongoing advice on the issuance of structured products for private clients. Handling work pertaining to capital market products and capital market transactions, which frequently lies at the regulatory and supervisory interface, forms an important pillar of the practice. For pan-European and global securitisation transactions, the practice works closely with the firm's international offices. Practice head Sven Brandt focuses on international placements, structured issuances and international ABS transactions.

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Key clients

Barclays Bank

Bayerische Landesbank

Cluno GmbH

Daimer Chrysler Bank

Deutsche Bank

Deutscher Derivate Verband

Erste Abwicklungsanstalt

Erste Group Bank

HSBC Bank

Leonteq Securities AG

Marex Financial

Mercedes Benz Financial Services Italia

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Opel Vauxhall Finance and BNP Paribas

Volkswagen Bank

UniCredit Bank

Private equity > Venture capital Tier 2

Hogan Lovells International LLP assists venture capital funds, corporate venture capitalists and occasionally also startups across all investment and financings stages including exits. The team is internationally well connected and has notable expertise in industries such as real estate, life sciences, TMT, retail and automotive. Volker Geyrhalter is particularly experienced in dealing with US clients and Jörg Herwig also advises on corporate and restructuring issues. Matthias Jaletzke heads the team which also includes the extremely visible Nikolas Zirngibl; he possesses deep knowledge of the technology and internet spheres.

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Key clients

Align Technology, Inc.

All4Labels Group GmbH

Castik Capital S.à r.l.

GEMoaB Monoclonals GmbH

Halder Equity Fonds

HR-Gruppe

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries / Primetals

Quadriga Capital V GP Limited

Alasco GmbH

Dreamlines GmbH

Finn GmbH

FlixMobility GmbH

Limehome GmbH

Santander InnoVentures

Springlane GmbH

Transport > Advice to the transport sector Tier 3

Since 1 July 2020, Hogan Lovells International LLP's transport sector support work has been under the remit of the newly structured mobility & transportation sector group, which is further divided into the aerospace & defence, automotive, and transport & logistics subgroups. The overall department, which also includes a future of mobility task force, is led by a trio consisting of Patrick Ayad, Detlef Haß and Florian Unseld. Ayad has in-depth expertise in handling automotive sector work, while Haß acts for players from the transport sector, among others, in contentious matters, and Unseld handles sector-specific contractual issues.

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Testimonials

'The team in Frankfurt is experienced in handling airport and motorway projects.'

'High level of commitment and demonstration of flexible solutions, taking over discussions with the supervisory authority.'

'Extremely fast and flexible availability, creativity in finding solutions, goal-oriented at all times.'

Key clients

Daimler

Digital Charging Solutions

Dreamlines

FlixMobility

Ford Motor Company

Hillwood

Hyundai Motor Europe

InfraVia & Egis

Lockheed Martin

Lürssen Werft

Norddeutsche Landesbank (NordLB)

ProLogis

Waymo

Germany > Antitrust Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's antitrust lawyers maintain a close network both between national offices as well as with the team in Brussels and other international offices. Staying true to the firm's orientation, the antitrust team is particularly well positioned in the automotive industry and advises several notable clients in the industry. The group also possesses expertise in the railway sector as well as the raw materials and healthcare industries. Martin Sura heads the team that is continuously expanding its expertise in relation to platform depended e-commerce. He regularly acts in national and international merger control and cartel proceedings, while Marc Schweda routinely exercises his expertise in matters at the interface of procurement and state aid law as well as with regards to antitrust-compliant formations of cooperations. Merger control advice on transactions is the mainstay of Christoph Wünschmann, and Falk Schöning, who divides his time between Brussels and Berlin, focuses on cross-border matters. Christian Ritz, who has comprehensive experience in handling internal investigations and cartel proceedings, made partner in January 2020.

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Testimonials

'Strong and committed team.'

'Christoph Wünschmann is pragmatic and level-headed, pleasant to deal with. His advice is also valued by the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board.

'High technical know-how paired with practical advice and personable personalities.'

'Good, European networked team. Clear structure in the procedure, very reliable in handling and deliverables. '

'Christian Ritz works carefully and is responsive. He reacts calmly and confidently in stressful situations, which is particularly important in examinations. '

Key clients

BMW

Bridgestone

Daiichi Sankyo Europe

Dell Technologies

Digital Charging Solutions GmbH

drom fragrances GmbH & Co. KG

FlixMobility (FlixBus / FlixTrain)

Ford Motor Company

Harry-Brot

HR Group Management GmbH

IBM

Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Lürssen

NDT Global Limited

Olle Larsson Holding AG

Sasol Group

Thalia

Vifor Pharma

VVP Vermögensverwaltung Plettenberg

Real estate and construction > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 3

Embedded in the infrastructure, energy, resources and projects practice, Hogan Lovells International LLP fields one of the leading teams in the plant engineering space: under the leadership of Carla Luh, the team advises on numerous international plant engineering projects in the energy, utilities, waste disposal, infrastructure and transport sectors, as well as project disputes in Germany and abroad. The geographic reach of its cross-border matters under German lead ranges from construction advice on new offshore wind parks in Asia to sewage and incineration plants in Kuwait to plant engineering projects and international mediation proceedings in Taiwan, Sweden, Greece and Poland. Christian Knütel focuses on infrastructure as well as on- and offshore projects, while Tobias Faber is particularly active in project-related advice on power plant construction projects.

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Information technology > Data protection Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP's German data protection team is part of the firm's comprehensive IP, media and technology practice. The group focuses on data security and data breaches (also with a specifically developed legal tech tool), their reporting to German and international regulatory authorities, on data processing and commercialisation as well as on transactions. Marcus Schreibauer co-heads the cyber security task force and maintains client relationships in the real estate, technology and finance sectors.

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Key clients

ABB Group

ANIMUS

Applied Materials

Art-Invest Real Estate

Brainloop

Daiichi Sankyo Europe

Desitin Arzneimittel

Enviro Chemie

Esteve Pharmaceuticals

ExB Labs

Ford

IKB Deutsche Industriebank

Jungheinrich Gruppe

Lundbeck

Nagravision

Capital markets > Debt capital markets Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP predominately acts for banks, while also expanding its corporate client base, and provides assistance with the update of issuance programmes and the issuance of bonds, including Pfandbriefe and, increasingly, sustainable bonds. In other work, the practice advises on regulatory matters arising for example from the EU prospectus law. Key individuals include Sven Brandt, who works at the interface between DCM, structured finance and securitisation, and Michael Schlitt, who has broad DCM and ECM expertise.

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Testimonials

' Hogan Lovells is particularly present in the capital market area with its diverse legal requirements with a very well-established team that has both great legal expertise and the management of complex transactions and works in very good cooperation with internal legal teams. '

' That about Dr. Jochen Seitz and especially Dr. Stefan Schrewe have been accompanying us with great expertise in a wide range of capital market law issues for years. Especially in the area of prospectus law and the analysis and implementation of regulatory developments, the colleagues have a deep understanding of both legal requirements and market conditions. '

Key clients

Barclays Bank PLC

Bayerische Landesbank

Commerzbank

Danske Bank

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Kreditbank AG

DZ Bank AG

Erste Group AG

Landesbank Berlin

Marex Financial

Nord/LB Norddeutsche Girozentrale

Raiffeisenlandesbank Niederösterreich-Wien AG

Shop Apotheke N.V.

Unicredit Bank

Volkswagen Financial Services

Trade and distribution > Foreign trade law Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP pursues a cross-practice and cross-location approach based on the team's integration into the firm's global network. Export control and sanctions issues as well as regulatory matters are part of the practice's regular workload. Practice head Patrick Ayad primarily deals with the commercial law side of the field and often assists foreign companies entering the German market. Providing advice on merger and investment control is one of Falk Schöning's main areas of expertise; he divides his time between Brussels and Berlin in order to act in investment control proceedings before the BMWi. Ingmar Dörr has expertise in tax and customs law.

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Key clients

Dell Technologies

Fox Factory

Genesis

Howmet (ehemals Arconic)

Lockheed Martin

Mabanaft

Sasol Group

Texas Instruments

Wacker

VVP Vermögensverwaltung Plettenberg

Corporate and M&A > M&A: large deals (€500m+) Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP is sought out by stock-listed companies and major corporations for advice on domestic and cross-border large-cap deals and the team's particular expertise in the regulated industries, including infrastructure, energy, healthcare and life sciences. Lutz Angerer, who heads the M&A and corporate practice from the Munich office, has a particular focus on the life sciences sector and additional know-how at the intersection with stock corporation and capital markets law. Volker Geyrhalter, head of the continental European M&A and corporate group, is also well versed in restructurings, private equity and venture capital.

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Key clients

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH (Deutsche Finanzagentur)

Covestro AG

Daimler Group

Dialog Semiconductor

drom fragrances GmbH & Co. KG

Endemol Shine Group Germany

ESTEVE

Ford Motor Company

Harry-Brot

Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH

Sasol-Gruppe

TSR Recycling GmbH & Co.KG

Vienna House Hotelmanagement GmbH

Vifor Pharma

Public sector > Planning and environment Tier 3

The environmental and planning law practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP encompasses advice to the energy, water, infrastructure, chemical and automotive sectors as well as project-related assistance in the real estate and plant engineering industries. Patrick Ayad heads the department for product-related environmental law, in which advice to leading automotive industry players on compliance issues plays an important role. However, the group also assists globally active companies in the consumer and industrial goods as well as electronics and technology sectors on product-related environmental law. In the area of general environmental law, the firm is increasingly often instructed with regards to transactional due diligence, specifically in matters concerning the acquisition of German assets by international companies; here, the international cross-practice cooperation across offices becomes particularly apparent. Thomas Dünchheim in Düsseldorf heads the general environmental and planning law practice. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Stefan Schröder, a key contact for matters pertaining to hydrogen, from DLA Piper.

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Key clients

Admiral Sportwetten

BPD Immobilienentwicklung GmbH

FERRERO MSC GmbH & Co.

GfE Gesellschaft für Elektrometallurgie mbH

Hahn Fonds Invest GmbH

Harry Brot GmbH

Honeywell International Inc.

IPK Germany Property Kaiserlei Projektgesellschaft mbH

IPK Immoundplan&Krause London Vermögensverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Officefirst Immobilien GmbH

Stadtgalerie Velbert GmbH

ZIA – Zentraler Immobilienausschuss e.V.

Statkraft

Wildauer Immobiliengesellschaft

Zweckverband Gruppenwasserwerk Dieburg

Ford of Europe

Hyundai Motor Group

Waymo

ZF Friedrichshafen

Restructuring and insolvency > Restructuring Tier 3

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises an array of different clients, such as companies, investors, creditors, debtors and insolvency administrators, on all matters, which arise from company crisis. The 'legally excellent' team advises on the obligation to file for insolvency, insolvency protection proceedings, self-administrations and insolvency plan proceedings and also advises on debt restructuring as well as acquisitions of insolvent companies. Due to the firm's focus on finance, the team also acts in restructuring and bridge financings, liquidations, the enforcement of security rights as well as non-performing loans. Practice head Dr Heiko Tschauner, who is known to be 'extremely competent, efficient and quick to react', has particular experience in insolvency protection proceedings, non-performing investments and also the protection from insolvency risks, e.g. through double trust structures. Christian Herweg has particular know-how in the advice on insolvency plan proceedings, cross-border insolvencies and in the enforcement of security rights.

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Testimonials

‘Legal excellence, resourcefulness in difficult procedural situations, sensible accounting, easy accessibility.’

‘Dr Heiko Tschauner, Munich – extremely competent, efficient, quick to react and results-oriented. At the same time, able to implement pragmatic, economically sensible solutions in negotiations, even in the most difficult situations.’

‘Dr Markus Huber: young, smart, resourceful; can write well what is important for a litigator; always responsive; high success rate.’

‘Decades of excellent and successful cooperation with top lawyers in all fields of corporate law and all areas of law relevant to large family businesses. Finally, a special problem (pension fund) relating to insolvency law and restructuring was successfully dealt with.’

Heiko Tschauner and Markus Huber (senior associate) are extremely helpful and committed lawyers with excellent technical skills. You are always looking for a practical solution for every situation.

The Hogan Lovells restructuring team is great at providing quick responses with detailed analysis.’

‘Christian Herweg of the restructuring team at Hogan Lovells is not only excellent at providing an in-depth analysis of the matter, but also in his polite and humble demeanour.

Key clients

Guarantors committee and a global investment bank vis-à-vis the listed tour operator Thomas Cook Group Plc.

Boston Consulting Group

Delticom

Dover Fueling Solutions

Gilead Sciences

Harry-Brot GmbH

ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE

Shinhan Investment

Germany > Consumer goods and food law Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP's strength lies especially in advising the consumer goods sector, often in matters with international aspects. The firm is active in the retail, cosmetics, fashion and luxury goods as well as consumer electronics segments, and to a lesser extent in the food industry. The driving force of the team's activity is the firm's strong practice in IP, trade and distribution law, and product-based advice, which includes product safety and product liability issues. Accordingly, clients regularly seek advice on IP matters, the launch, labelling, marketing and distribution of products, regulatory questions and frequently for the representation in administrative and civil disputes. Trade and distribution experts Thomas Salomon and Florian Unseld, among others, are part of the firm's global consumer goods group. 

Key clients

Allison

Boardriders Group

British American Tobacco

Canyon Bicycles

Confiserie Rabbel

Dainese

Dell Technologies

Dreamlines

drom fragrances

Fox Factory

Google

Groupon

Harry-Brot

HelloFresh

H & M Hennes & Mauritz

Home Shopping Europe

Katjes International

Keller Sports

LGE / LG Display

LEGO

Marimekko Oyi

Mediamarkt-Saturn

Moet Hennessy

Schwartauer Werke

Shop Apotheke Europe

Sony

Springlane

Vorwerk

Banking and finance > Lending and borrowing Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP handles acquisition finance and corporate loans as well as real estate, trade and export finance, and, given the growth of its banking group in Paris, has been increasingly active for French clients and in France-related mandates. In addition, the team has been able to expand its work for alternative lenders, who form part of the practice's client base alongside banks and borrowers. The team itself is also growing: In September 2019, Bianca Engelmann joined from Allen & Overy LLP; she advises on acquisition finance, investment grade finance and general corporate finance as well as on promissory notes. Practice head Katlen Blöcker covers an equally broad spectrum of financing work and is a key contact for financing restructurings.

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Key clients

AkquiVest GmbH

BNP Paribas

Egeria

UniCredit

LBBW

OLB

Swissport Group S.à r.l.

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Corporate and M&A > M&A: mid-sized deals (sub-€500m) Tier 4

In the mid-cap segment, Hogan Lovells International LLP's service offering includes sales, mergers and joint ventures. The team is frequently active in the healthcare, life sciences and automotive sectors as well as financial service providers. Lutz Angerer, whose transactional expertise in life sciences is highly appreciated, heads the team, which also counts Volker Geyrhalter as a member; the latter manages the continental European corporate and M&A group and focuses on international TMT and real estate transactions.

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Key clients

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH (Deutsche Finanzagentur)

Covestro AG

Daimler Group

Dialog Semiconductor

drom fragrances GmbH & Co. KG

Endemol Shine Group Germany

ESTEVE

Ford Motor Company

Harry-Brot

Intuitive Surgical Inc.

Media-Saturn-Holding GmbH

Sasol-Gruppe

TSR Recycling GmbH & Co.KG

Vienna House Hotelmanagement GmbH

Vifor Pharma

Public sector > Public procurement Tier 4

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, the procurement practice frequently acts as an integrated part of the firm's cross-practice advice offering to clients. Thus, the group advises at the interface to antitrust, life sciences, corporate and IP and focuses on regulated industries such as the gambling, energy, arms and banking sectors. The team further focuses on the assistance with complex proceedings of high strategic importance for its clients, for instance with regards to market access, and also advises in relation to privatisations. The 'very well-versed' Marc Schweda heads the practice and has particular expertise in the energy and life sciences sectors. The team impresses with 'considerable legal expertise and a commercial orientation' and also includes Thomas Dünchheim and Falk Schöning.

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Key clients

Bundesrepublik Deutschland – Finanzagentur GmbH (Deutsche Finanzagentur)

FlixBus / FlixMobility

Kassenzahnärztliche Bundesvereinigung

Lürssen

NRW.BANK

smartlab Innovationsgesellschaft mbH

STEAG GmbH

Stadtwerke Velbert GmbH

Westdeutsche Spielbanken GmbH & Co. KG

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH

Lockheed Martin

Banking and finance > Real estate finance Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP's real estate finance practice is an integral part of the firm's German teams for banking and finance on one hand and real estate on the other, and is therefore jointly headed by Frankfurt-based banking and finance lawyer Katlen Blöcker and Düsseldorf-based real estate expert Roland Bomhard. This integration as well as the strong cooperation with other practice groups makes the practice an attractive choice for the national and international real estate financing and refinancing of individual properties and portfolios alongside real estate developments. Clients, including real estate investors and project developers as borrowers and an increasing number of non-bank lenders, such as insurers and debt funds, benefit from the expansion of the firm's Luxembourg office, which is regularly called upon in this space. With Marc Werner and Sabrina Handke, who was elevated to the partnership in January 2020, the team has two proven experts for hotel finance.

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Key clients

HR-Group

Art-Invest Real Estate

Vienna House Hotelmanagement GmbH

Hines Luxembourg S.à.r.l.

Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

Quilvest

Germany > Tax Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP's tax advice focuses on issues arising from financing, ECM, DCM, M&A and real estate transactions as well as from group restructurings. Heiko Gemmel is a key contact for this type of work, while senior consultant Michael Dettmeier frequently advises on fund structuring. Both are based in Düsseldorf, while Ingmar Dörr heads the Munich office and, besides transactional matters, handles tax disputes and compliance issues.

Private equity > Transactions Tier 4

Hogan Lovells International LLP is a well-established address for financial as well as strategic investors, portfolio companies and management teams seeking advice on a multitude of transaction types, while the practice has particular expertise in the TMT, health care and life sciences industries; other core competencies include advice to family offices as well as on regulatory issues. Practice head Matthias Jaletzke and Hanns Jörg Herwig are the key contacts.

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Key clients

Align Technology, Inc.

All4Labels Group GmbH

Castik Capital S.à r.l.

GEMoaB Monoclonals GmbH

Halder Equity Fonds

HR-Gruppe

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries / Primetals

Quadriga Capital V GP Limited

Alasco GmbH

Dreamlines GmbH

Finn GmbH

FlixMobility GmbH

Limehome GmbH

Santander InnoVentures

Springlane GmbH

Germany > Employment Tier 5

Working in close cooperation with various offices and practice groups, Hogan Lovells International LLP puts significant emphasis on cross-border work, most notably restructurings and transactional projects, as well as on matters at the intersection with compliance and data protection such as mandates pertaining to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and employee data protection. The team is also well versed in occupational pension schemes and demonstrates particular sector expertise in automotive - with practice head Tim Gero Joppich being a key figure in this space - alongside insurance, pharma, energy and chemicals as well as in finance. Kerstin Neighbour heads the global employment law practice and focuses on transactional employment law issues and restructuring.

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Testimonials

'' Very good specialist knowledge, also in related areas of law; Access to experts in other areas of law; Client interests are in the foreground. '

' The team is characterized by great experience, expertise, tactical negotiation skills and a sense of momentum. '

' The problem described is understood and recorded very quickly; very fast response times; Answer exactly matches the question asked; very quick, competent but easy to understand answers. In short: advice at the very highest level. '

'' Broad expertise in labor law and also in the field of company pension schemes. '

' Eckhard Schwarz also offers comprehensive and pragmatic solutions for medium-sized companies. The law firm's international network is very good and inquiries are processed very quickly. '

' Eckhard Schwarz: Always available, very good specialist knowledge, acts in the interests of the clients, very quick processing. '

The firm: Change is happening faster than ever, and legal challenges come from all directions. To stay ahead, organisations need to anticipate what’s next. Hogan Lovells understands this and works together with its clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centres around the world. With 2,500 lawyers on six continents, Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world’s most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions and governments. The firm provides practical legal solutions that help clients identify and mitigate risk and make the most of opportunities.

Whether a client is expanding into new markets, considering capital from new sources, or dealing with increasingly complex regulation or disputes, Hogan Lovells can help.

The firm’s lawyers are straight-talking. They understand and solve the problem before it becomes one. And they deliver clear and practical advice that gets the job done.

A fast-changing and interconnected world requires fresh thinking combined with proven experience. That’s what Hogan Lovells provides. Progress starts with ideas. And while imagination helps at every level, the firm’s legal solutions are aligned with each client’s business strategy. The firm’s experience in cross-border and emerging economies gives it the market perspective to be the global partner of choice for its clients. The team at Hogan Lovells brings a diverse variety of backgrounds and experience which delivers a broader perspective. This ultimately makes for more rounded thinking and better answers for clients. Giving back to communities and society is fundamental to good business. And, it’s part of the firm’s core. Everyone at Hogan Lovells is asked to volunteer at least 25 hours a year as part of their normal work duties.

Dusseldorf office: Hogan Lovells in Dusseldorf offers clients a full range of legal services. Located in one of the world’s key hubs for patent law litigation, it advises clients like you on a range of intellectual property issues. Its dynamic M&A, corporate and capital markets practices advise companies operating from the Rhine-Ruhr industrial hub on large, complex transactions. Their lawyers understand the chemical, automotive, energy, insurance, financial institutions and pharmaceutical industries. It solves your toughest legal problems by bringing the right people together, working as part of your team. With more than 45 offices worldwide, the practice groups co-operate closely with each other. It provides clients with the full resources of a global firm from a single, local point of contact.

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